Letting Go of the Star Wars Expanded Universe

We’re going to be OK. I have been as big a fan and supporter of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as anybody, and Disney’s announcement last week that the Expanded Universe will be dropped from official cannon was a bit disappointing. But we all knew it was coming. And it’s going to be OK.

Sometimes you just have to let go of the things you love.

Oh Jaina Solo, how will I ever quit you?

For those who don’t know, the Expanded Universe is all the novels, comics, video games and cartoons that extend the story of Star Wars beyond the movies. They fill in the gaps, expand the back stories of popular characters, and even look ahead to the future. What happens to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia after Return of the Jedi? What are their kids like?

For the most part, all of these various stories have been part of one ongoing saga, all under the official umbrella of Lucasfilm. Everyone kept track of what stories were being told so that it was all one big tapestry.

And I thought that was the neatest thing ever!

But now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, who plan to make a ton of more movies and spin-offs, the suits have gotten together and decided that all of that Expanded Universe stuff is going to be shuffled off into a “Star Wars Legends” branding. It still exists, obviously, but it’s no longer official cannon with the movies. Instead, Disney is going to start creating their own brand new Expanded Universe.

Which I think is pretty cool too!

Join me after the jump for more!

First of all, here’s a nifty video about the Expanded UniverseĀ that Disney and Star Wars put out last week.

There was a lengthy press release too, but there’s no need to copy and past that here.

Along with the revelation that the Expanded Universe isn’t canon anymore, Disney has greenlit a few new novels set in this New Expanded Universe.

Some of them sound pretty cool. I’ve always found Grand Moff Tarkin to be a fascinating character, so maybe his book will be pretty good. Though I haven’t really been very interested in this new Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. Everything I’ve seen so far seems to be pointing to a cartoon made by committee, intended for kids and only kids. Like how Disney cancelled the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon to make way for the inferior Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, or cancelled Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to make way for the inferior Avengers Assemble.

And Disney cancelled the excellent Star Wars: Clone Wars, sooooo…

This is how creativity dies…

But that’s beside the point.

The original Expanded Universe has been an ongoing phenomenon for upwards of 20 years by this point. It’s chock full of stories, spin-offs, characters and a million other things. And while all of that can still be entertaining, a reboot definitely wouldn’t hurt, especially one based around the upcoming movies. Today’s creators will get to start over from scratch, with fresh ideas, new twists, new characters; it should be a creator’s dream come true! Plus, now that new movies will be an ongoing development, the New Expanded Universe can tie more closely into the main products.

I know people don’t like the Prequels, but just look at how much new content we got for the Expanded Universe from those three movies?

Oh A’sharad Hett, how will I ever quit you?

It’s sad to lose the Expanded Universe we know and love, but I think the creative potential for new stories, new characters and a New Expanded Universe will be just as good!

Plus we live in an age of ironic detachment, where the idea of a Wookie Jedi can achieve its full potential! I know there have been some in the past, but now is the time for Star Wars to fully bring this concept to life.

Otherwise, what the hell are they even doing?

I dreamed of you


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on April 29, 2014, in Star Wars and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I hate this… I am not okay…. Disney is the like shield. They are infiltrated with Hydra and need to be taken down

  2. I consider this like “pulling a N52”, things will change but they will probably will still include characters and storylines of the old universe, only with a different twist to accomodate better with the new movies, just with little tweaks here and there, but being completely honest, as long as I get Cade Skywalker back I don’t care about anything else.

    • That’s an interesting perspective. Perhaps it will be more of a soft reboot. Though I never got into that far-flung future stuff. But maybe there’s a chance for Cade Skywalker, though I’m sure Disney wouldn’t mind making movies well into that time period.

  3. Meh, good riddance. It was getting a little over-stuffed and silly anyways. The Star Wars comics were especially silly. There was a Jedi Master named Soon Bayts for crying out loud. Sink it all and try again.

    But what they absolutely must never do, is try to bring back any character from the EU. People say they want Mara Jade and Solo babies, but think about the DC reboot. Think about Starfire, and Red Robin, and Kid Flash. I would not wish that upon Cade Skywalker or Myn Donos (my personal favorite).

    Although what I found most interesting is that the Clone Wars cartoon show is still canon. So now I have to watch that. Does anyone know if it is actually worth watching all the way through? Or are there just a handful of episodes that I need to see and chuck all the rest?

    • Myn Donos? Good call. Wraith Squadron for life.

      And I’m currently watching Clone Wars and it’s…hmmm, probably more the later. If you want something to watch, it’s not bad. But it’s hardly ‘must see TV’. I’m about midway through Season 5, and while it’s cool to have Darth Maul back, the series hasn’t been all that amazing. Obi-Wan and Anakin are about how you’d expect them to be prior to Revenge of the Sith, likewise most Jedi and all of the other characters. There are some fine episodes and characters, and for what it is, it does a great job exploring real themes of war and enlistment, but it’s not really all that great. Yes, it fleshes out characters like Plo Koon and Kit Fisto prior to their untimely deaths in Sith, but that’s all it does, really, flesh out these various prequel characters.

      And, of course, it goes a long way to establishing the Obi-Wan/Anakin friendship that the movies kind of only talk about without really showing. Anakin is also much more likable when he’s not Hayden Christiansen.

      You might also want to learn more about Asohka, Anakin’s padawan, in case she ever shows up again in this New Expanded Universe.

  4. Spectacular Spiderman actually got canceled because two different companies have the copyright. Marvel owns the character but Sony owns that particular version of him.

    Which is even more tragic than just outright canceling it. Hope Marvel has the good sense to try and buy that back or something.

    • I think that’s what I was trying to mean. Sony owned that version of him, and Disney didn’t want to share, so they cancelled a quality program just for the sake of ownership. The same thing happened with Clone Wars…I think.

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